FAUCHON Opens in Bangkok
FAUCHON, an internationally renowned French’s leading culinary store, launches its stores in Bangkok at Groove@CentralWorld. Opened in early April, FAUCHON is franchised by Tea The Cha (Thailand) the operators of Whittard of Chelsea. The store offers 4 core concepts of traditional French culinary products; The patisserie & bakery, French snacking, The grocery & gift collections, and Café FAUCHON, all in one place.
FAUCHON’s first store in Bangkok offers a selection of iconic products including FAUCHON’s signature pastries (éclairs, imported macarons from Paris, desserts, etc.), bakery, stylish snacks (sandwiches, soups, salads, soft and hot drinks), lunch and dinner menu, and a wide range of FAUCHON branded products including chocolates, biscuits, Candied chestnuts (Marrons Glacés), creative jams, teas and wines.
Inspired by the Brasserie tradition, the café offers simple, deliciously elegant cuisine in a highly contemporary setting. Complemented with the outdoor terrace, Café FAUCHON allows customers to experience truly Parisian style café. I visited FAUCHON at Groove@CentralWorld during my recent trip to Bangkok and was pretty surprised that the outlet offers a variety of starters, salads, main courses, signature platter and brunch.
The kitchen is directed by French executive chef Jerome Deconinck and French executive pastry chef Bruno Le Francois. To ensure an identical culinary impression as you would find in Paris, most of the ingredients are imported from France, while local products have been carefully selected from well-respected artisan producers and organic farmers.
Our whole lobster with market vegetables (1,255 THB) is a delicious appetizer with Thai basil scented crustacean coulis that accompany the lobster beautifully.
The duck liver terrine is flown in from Paris in a ready-to-serve form. Duo of French duck foie gras, terrine and pan fried (890 THB) is excellent with its firm silky and sweet creamy quality liver terrine that’s superbly complemented by the tasty garnish. The pan fried foie gras is well-executed with a nice medley of sweet, rich and savoury flavour.
From the main course selection, we had the Truffle Risotto (990 THB) which definitely pleased many. Topped with pieces black truffle and Parmesan cheese, I consider Truffle Risotto as a type of comfort food, especially on those rainy days. It’s not too creamy for our taste, the risotto rice grains were robust and not too soft.
Red wine braised beef cheek with fresh basil tagliatelle (790 THB) stands out as the tasty beef cheek has been simmered till the flavours are fully absorbed into the tender meat.
My afternoon meal was perfectly enhanced by the beautiful Megève. A House classic for over 30 years, the Megève combines the tradition of the French meringue with Tahitian vanilla and the smoothness of a dark chocolate ganache on a crispy praline biscuit, enhanced with the slight bitterness of cocoa.
Having travelled all the way to FAUCHON, I can’t afford to miss sampling some of Fauchon’s world-famous eclairs. Named “Ayudhaya”, FAUCHON identifies the coconut and assortment of Thai herb and spices to create a signature éclair for its flagship store in Thailand.
All pastry made in their central kitchen uses imported flour, French cream and AOC butter. Their macaroons are only made in Paris and exported frozen worldwide. It has an airy outer shell with a creamy centre that melts in the mouth.
FAUCHON’s retails products, which are an ideal for premium gifts, are also available at this outlet.
Address: 2nd Floor, Groove@CentralWorld
Tel: 02 264 5808-9